Nursing Facility Bed Hold Regulations

August 26, 2009

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has submitted proposed regulations to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission to stop reserved bed day payments to nursing facilities with low occupancy rates.  CARIE submitted bed hold comments to IRRC in response to the proposal.… READ MORE

Housing Advocacy in Pennsylvania

May 6, 2009

Leigh Howard from Diana T. Myers and Associates was a special guest speaker at CARIE’s May 2009 Legislative Committee meeting to discuss how housing issues impact older Pennsylvanians.  Leigh highlighted the following information. This spring, the Housing Advisory Committee to the Pennsylvania Office of Long Term Living (OLTL) and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) issued a September 2008 report, A Five Year Plan for Integrating Affordable Housing and Long Term Supports in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  According to… READ MORE

Pennsylvania Elder Economic Security Standard Index

April 6, 2009

Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) and the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston created the Elder Economic Security Initiative (EESI), a measure of income adequacy that attempts to reflect the amount of income older adults need to meet basic expenses.  Currently, the Elder Economic Security Index is available for California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on WOW’s website. In Pennsylvania, Pathways PA partnered with CARIE, the United Way of Southeastern PA and others to develop the EESI… READ MORE

CARIE Provides Comments About Proposed Assisted Living Regulations

September 18, 2008

CARIE submitted comments about assisted living to the Office of Long Term Living and the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) about Pennsylvania’s proposed assisted living regulations.  (Please see next item below for more information.)  Diane Menio also presented testimony about the assisted living regulations before the Pennsylvania House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee on September 18, 2008.… READ MORE

Pennsylvania Assisted Living Consumer Alliance

July 7, 2008

The PA Health Law Project has organized the PA Assisted Living Consumer Alliance (PALCA) comprised of consumers, caregivers, and advocates who want to ensure that the rights and needs of consumers are addressed in the assisted living regulations being developed in response to Act 56 of 2007. Click here for a press release. CARIE is pleased to be a member of the PALCA and fully supports its goals. Act 56 created a new assisted living license that will be… READ MORE